Lavender Dreams: Provence, France
Mom became smitten with southern France after reading Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence." She was longing to experience the laid-back lifestyle and stunning scenery portrayed in the book, so we went to the lavender country for a relaxing vacation inspired by nature, culture and gastronomy.
Our criteria for this trip were the following:
Destination: Provence, France
Departure City: London, England
Number of Travellers: 2
Trip Length: 7-10 days
Preferred Time of Travel: July or August
Preferred Activities: Arts & Culture / Food & Drink / Nature & Outdoors / Relaxation / Anything that’s free!
- Visit lavender fields
- Visit Van Gogh’s home in Arles
- Need a rental car
- Charming accommodations
Although $3000 wasn't a whole lot of money considering all the places we wanted to visit, southern France was relatively affordable compared to Paris. I decided to strive for an authentic, country-living experience with a sophisticated finish.
The result was a journey full of wonderment and epiphanies. Mom went so far as calling it the best trip she'd ever done with me. Success!
Here's a look at our final Lavender Dreams itinerary. The total cost of transportation and accommodation came to $2430, leaving a decent budget for a few nice meals and souvenir shopping trips.
You'll also find a video diary with highlights from our journey through southern France (with music from the amazing Andrea Bocelli.)
Provence is truly a stunning and inspirational place - one that I'll return to time and time again.
London -> Paris
Paris -> Roussillon
By Eurostar www.eurostar.com
By car www.kayak.com
$120/person round trip
$400/week car rental
La Commedia Dell Arte B&B
Le Prince Noir B&B *
*We saw falling stars here! :D
Maison Rouge en Provence B&B
By TGV train
Hotel des GrandsHommes
Paris -> London